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18,000 'Made in Uganda' phones exported to Morocco

The S300 phones undergoing testing in Namanve

The S300 phones undergoing testing in Namanve

Uganda has exported the first batch of 18,000 locally-made mobile phones to Morocco. 

The 2G-enabled analog mobile phones were manufactured at Simi Technologies, Uganda’s first mobile phone assembly plant in Namanve industrial park in Mukono district. Simi is owned by Chinese firm, Engo Holdings Uganda Limited.   

The phones are fitted with Bluetooth functionality, basic camera and low emission diode bulbs for night lighting. The plant which launched in November last year runs three production lines and has the capacity of producing 2,000 feature phones, 1,500 smartphones, 800 laptops, 2,000 chargers, 4,000 USB cables and 4,000 sets of earphones. The firm previously said the analog phones would be sold at between Shs 30,000 and Shs 40,000 on the Ugandan market. 

State minister for Investment Evelyn Anite welcomed the development which she said is a huge step towards reducing Uganda’s import bill on information computer and technology (ICT) products and boosting export earnings.  

“Not only is this plant contributing to the economic growth and development of Uganda but also immensely helping in building local capacity through transfer of ICT knowledge and skills,” she noted.  

The company says it is to invest $15 million (about Shs 55.6 billion) in phases over a period of five years to achieve optimal output from the initial one million electronic gadgets a year.   

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+2 #1 karemire 2020-05-24 11:58
What? "....2G-enabled analog mobile phones..." !!!!. OBSOLETE technologies. The world is on 5G technology at the moment and the 6G is getting ready soon (is under testing).

China itself has long migrated to full DIGITAL technologies, enabling it ease / free some congested radio frequencies.

If we want to impress ourselves, we must not adopt such obsolete technologies. I am not proud of this manufacturing capability in Uganda..
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+2 #2 Larry james 2020-05-24 15:12
Substandard is what we stand for and for some reason feel proud.

Let's see how far this endeavor goes. I'd be somewhat proud had this been a Ugandan innovation and not the Chinese. What do Ugandans waste school fees for?
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+6 #3 Mandela 2020-05-24 16:28
A chinese man imports phone parts into uganda,,, assembles that phones and exports them to moroccco,,,, value addition in uganda,,,, to me ,,,,zero..
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0 #4 Kabayekka 2020-05-24 23:33
What about trying to call in Uganda labour to start laying the railway ways all the way to the border of Uganda and the Congo.

Where gradually, electric or diesel engines can start transporting passengers and cargo across Uganda.
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0 #5 Lysol 2020-05-25 19:02
Not "made in Uganda", but assembled in Uganda. The Chinese have been doing the same for the West.

Now they are using poor countries to do the cheap bootleg jobs for them.
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